A long awaited tour day had arrived to Bath, but most importantly, Stonehenge. I took the tube to the meeting point at 10am. I settled down into my seat and was looking forward to napping during the long drive. We took off and made one stop to pick up a few others along the way. To my disappointment, a woman sat down next to me who said she normally doesn’t drink coffee but she did today and she apologizes in advance for all of her talking and loud behavior. Great. At first I was pretty annoyed, but she actually was very nice and pretty interesting. She was in town with her family for a Star Trek convention. Our tour guide was unintentionally hilarious because he was a crotchety old British man who had no problem speaking his mind. You wanted to hate him for being so blunt, but it was so endearing the way he said things so I just had to laugh.
Our first stop was Bath, England. Here we went into the Roman bath that was uncovered many, many years ago. I took an audio guided tour to learn about it. I thought it was interesting, but don’t know if I’d recommend someone doing this tour if they were short on time. I have heard that there are a lot of beautiful parks in Bath, but we only had 1.5 hours to spend here. I spent the remaining time grabbing a coffee and a bite to eat.
The group then stopped in a small town called Lavenham (used for some Harry Potter scenes) to tour the old cottages. This town wasn’t taken over by Romans because they thought the land was too marshy, so it’s super old design. The town was having a scarecrow festival so we kept stumbling upon uniquely designed scarecrows (part of a kids scavenger hunt). Following that we stopped for a carvery dinner. I loaded my plate with colorful vegetables and bread pudding.
Once finished eating, we headed to Stonehenge in Salisbury. This was my favorite part of the tour. Many people say it’s just a “bunch of rocks”, but they chose the tour wrong! I chose the one that goes at sunset and gives you private access into the middle of the stonehenge ($50 more, but so worth it). Typically, there are 10,000 people crowded around the circle taking pictures and making noise. However, my experience was much different.
We slowly and quietly approached the structure, passing animated sheep along the way. The rocks grew bigger as you approached (an intentional design in order to awe those approaching and therefore add to the witchery). The wind picked up a bit and there was a mysterious, alluring feeling in the air. I started to think about the ceremonies that took place here, all of the unknowns, all of the mathematics put into the design, the connection with the solar system, and of course, how someone stood the large rocks upright and into the ground.
I circled around the stones and took it all in and after 30 minutes it was my turn to go inside the circle. Being inside was even more wondrous because you realize how big the stones actually are when standing beside one. I sat in the grass for a bit and looked up at them, and watched the sun going down in the distance. It was a very peaceful moment. And of course, once I was finished with that, I began a bit of a photo shoot. I didn’t want to leave, but it was time (I was still hoping to experience some time travel, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be). We hopped on the bus, just as the rain started, and arrived back in the city at 10pm.